Culture and Diversity

Three things I have learned
Throughout my schooling I have never heard of tracking in the Education system maybe I did I did not think much on the matter or understand it. I was interested in learning about high and low tracking and the effects it has on the children’s learning.

2. I also found it sad that the fact that high-track students are a significant gap between students who drop out of school and students who graduate. And those who are in the lower tracks suffer the most and have the most disadvantaged.
I found it interesting to know that during adolescence males are more likely than females to experiment with same-sex partners. Maybe because I am a female, I think that females are more likely to experiment, but I found it interesting.

3. In the chapter, it talks about how males are favorited more by teachers and professors than females. This was interesting because when I was in elementary and high school, I felt that the females were more favorited. I believe this because the females answered questions more and always seemed to have higher grades than the males.

Two Connections
In the chapter it under the topic “low expectations and low self-esteem” it talks about for the students who wear old clothes or are less experienced with books and school activities they are assumed as not bright. As well the teachers may set low standards for the student and not call upon them thinking they do not know the answer. In my classes in elementary school I have had many peers who were thought of this way, and because they were treated like this, they acted like it. I knew so many people who are so intelligent but were in low-income families and were labeled as “dumb” which is sad because they had potential but no one believed in them. Therefore they didn’t believe in themselves and lost motivation to prove people wrong.
At the beginning of the chapter when it talks about students creating a “White Girl” group I started thinking about the cliques in High School. In my High School, many people would stick to people who hang out with people of the same culture or skin color. Of course, there were floaters and some accepted into the groups but not all the time.

One Question
What are some ways schools can celebrate diversity and multiculturalism?

Who Can be Ecoliterate?

The answer to this question would be anyone can be. Ecoliteracy is defined in many ways to me personally, ecoliteracy means having the knowledge and a connection to the earth. In my poem, I apologized to Gods earth for taking advantage. I also wrote about how beautiful the earth was and how I want to make it beautiful again. When in our circle groups a lot of the poem and writings had much in common. All the poems and writings and somewhat to do with appreciating the earth and noticing how the earth isn’t as beautiful as it once was. Each writing was eco-literate by having a connection to the earth. A lot of the time people become eco-literate when digging into their childhood and remembering all the memories they had when outdoors. When looking into their past they remember the smell of the morning dew after waking up in a tent on a camping trip. They remember the smell of the freshly cut grass as they were laying on the hills and finding shapes in the clouds. Being eco-literate to me means going back into the past appreciating the memories nature has given us and realizing the world is dying and we need to save it, through actions and not just words.

A Prayer To The Earth

Dear God’s Earth

  • Thank you for being so beautiful
  • Thank you for providing our needs to survive
  • Thank you for providing spaces in nature that we can go to when we need a break
  • I am sorry we take advantage
  • I am sorry we stopped taking care of your needs
  • I am sorry we cut down your beautiful trees for our selfish needs
  • I want to change
  • I want to spread awareness
  • I want to make you beautiful again
  • I want to stop the destruction of man

I am sorry


Mackenzie Lautamus

Social Persuasion?

things I learned:
1. That critical learning happens by observing others. I never realized how much Influence could come from peers in our classroom. It makes sense why the people that we have as our role models impact so much into our values.
2. A teachers sense of efficacy and they want to teach to learn will help the students achieve higher goals, due to the fact the teachers want to be there.
3. Same age models are essential to the students to be particularly useful. Usually, those who worked with others in the classroom tend to score higher on tests. This makes sense because when I took math in university, I surrounded myself with other students and went to group study sessions and it helped better my grade!
Two things I connect with:
1. I related to social persuasion because many teachers would give me pep talks in school to help better my organization skills and attempt new strategies in mathematics. Usually, after leaving this pep talk, I would try harder to succeed. The only time I would leave, and better my goals depended on the trust and relationship I had with the teacher who was persuading me. In the book, it talks about the potential setbacks that would be instilled if the teachers didn’t have this credibility and trustworthiness.
2. In the chapter, they spoke about how to direct attention is essential for the child to learn and there needs to be an interest in what they are learning. In the book, it talks about how little kids will play enthusiastically with a toy that’s been ignored for days. I related to this one picking electives in university. When I chose electives that I was interested in I always tend to do better maybe it was because I had direct attention to the teacher and the subject I was learning.
One thing I’m still wondering
1. As a society do we think are “already learned behaviors” will challenge how we learn new values and behavior skills?